On Your Side: Suspect Surrenders

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, July 19, 2007

Martinez -- A woman accused of scamming dozens of people out of nearly $200,000 is in jail.

Cynthia O'Tyson turned herself to Richmond County authorities Thursday morning.

Investigators say that $200,000 figure could easily keep growing with all the calls they've been getting.

They say the good news is Cynthia O'Tyson is off the street and won't be scamming anyone else anytime soon.

O'Tyson's neighbors are in a state of shock. That's because they just learned the person they lived next to is in jail.

"She was pretty quiet, kept to herself. She was very meticulous about her yard," said neighbor Frances Rhodes.

"Whatever it was, she was pretty good at staying to herself," said neighbor Romien Pierce.

Richmond County investigators say Cynthia operated a massive scam ring for the past six months.

The list of victims is in the dozens and growing.

"It's escalating to approximately 40 to 70 victims. The phone hasn't stopped ringing since 8:30AM," said Richmond County Investigator Anita Hopson.

So what exactly did Cynthia do? Investigators say she scammed victims with a clever pitch of being able to get cut-rate prices on electronics and appliances.

She'd collect huge sums of money, but never delivered the products.

"We have victims [who] have lost anywhere from $250-$25,000," Hopson said.

Early totals from victims are upwards of $200,000 and investigators say it could keep growing.

This is not Cynthia's first time with a mug-shot. She also had them when she was known as Cynthia Reeves and Cynthia Reeves O'Tyson. It was only five years ago that she was released from prison after serving three years for forgery and credit card fraud.

And, investigators say she's been up to her old tricks again lately, something her neighbors just can't believe.

"You just don't know people," Rhodes said.

Because Cyndi O'Tyson was on parole when she was arrested, she cannot post bond and will stay in jail until her trial.

If you think you may be a victim in this case, please call law enforcement in the county that the crime was committed in.

Investigators say she will be charged with racketeering because there are so many victims.

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  • by Vanessa Location: augusta on Dec 18, 2008 at 09:39 AM
    Cyndi was the youth director at my church and if you got sumthing bad to say you dont need to be saying it you dont know what and how she is like just by what you have heard. she was a nice and caring person. and kiley is right people make mistake and i know she has done this a while back but idk what all that was about. well thats all i have to say. we love you and miss you! take care haters... lolz Vanessa M Batchelor
  • by kileyy. Location: augusta on Feb 24, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    yuhh um okayy.. this is my aunt.. and i kno she did a bad thing.. but like james said no one is perfect. i kno what she did was wrong. but people shouldnt judge. say what you want and think what you want about her..but it isnt makin you any better of a person then she is.. remeber all people make mistakes.and god forgives everyone for their sins. and she will be forgiven. and as for rottenrod.. you best keep your mouth closed. cause you dotn know what you talkin about. and you need to learn to keep your mouth closed. does that sound good for you.and i do miss my atn very much. and i pray for her everyday.. i love you aunt cyndi ---->KileyyAlissa
  • by brittany on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    she needs to be in jail ill bet she cant scam no body eles
  • by lazysusan Location: augusta on Jul 28, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    anyone needs to contact investigator Hopson @706-821-1080
  • by lazysusan on Jul 27, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    james, contact richmond county sherrif dept, i blieve investigater Hopson
  • by James Location: Savannah on Jul 21, 2007 at 01:40 PM
    She is married to my Uncle, we knew of her past, but thought it was her PAST. You think people learn by there mistakes. No one is perfect, but ****!!!! Her husband is an upstanding man, a pillar of the Church. All I ask is that no one judge him, till all the evidence is in. Thanks
  • by ROTTENROD Location: AUG on Jul 20, 2007 at 08:43 PM
  • by james Location: montgomery on Jul 20, 2007 at 01:31 PM
    I hate to see this story, as i ordered merchandise from cyndi. if u have any more information on this please respond and let me know who i should contact about filing charges against her. James
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